Win a Free Session with Music Mirrors
Would you like a free training session from Music Mirrors
founder Heather Edwards? Sponsored by UK Healthcare Chairs!! (t&c’s)
Music Mirrors is a simple practical addition to care plans:
a series of audio biographical cues to remind you of who you are. Here is a
link to the website: Music Mirrors
Sounds can bring back memories for any one of us...
Brrrrring Brrrrring… You can even set this on most phones as
your ringtone. How many people feel nostalgic for the old-fashioned ringing
If you were to witness someone transported in time to a
different era when visiting a museum, you might place their memory in a
historical context. It might make sense to you.
To watch the transformation made by simply picking up a phone: talking
quietly, nodding, and crying as they put the phone down. If you were to wait
and hear as they relate how they used to love to talk to people, how the touch
of the melamine phone, the minimal digit phone number, the motion of turning
the dial, the sound of the old-fashioned ring tone and the lifting of the
receiver brought them back. Back to a time when they might have been listening
in on the line, to a time when the landline was a lifeline of communication
between friends and family. Maybe to a specific phone call. At this moment your heart might reach out to
them, for that phone call is so real to that person, you can feel them
experience this reality. For the individual it may have a particular
biographical context, they might recall a specific phone call for example. Making links to things that matter for
individuals is the essence of Music Mirrors.
Founder of Music Mirrors Heather Edwards found a key to help
her father, and this inspired her to create Music Mirrors.
...But most conventional care plans lack these links. A
personal key is often hard to find, but worth creating in advance or looking
for, and can be transformative. Heather was fortunate to find a key to help
unlock her own father’s memories when he suffered a stroke and subsequent
dementia. She said:
“ The change began after I found and began reading from a
notebook of stories he had written about his earlier life. Episodes of speech
often followed or seemed in response to hearing these readings of his own
words, and in his last two years the moments of communication clearly meant a
great deal to him as well as to my mother and me.”
As a music teacher, she then began sharing music with
dementia groups and set up “Come
Singing”. The idea of words and sounds in a combination that forms the basis of
Music Mirrors came from that and from reading to her father.
Music Mirrors enhance person-centred care and decrease
Music Mirrors can
bring comfort to those with dementia and long-term illness and help their
relatives when they pass on. They are not just a list of sounds and songs, but
rather a mix of things that can be used to spark conversation both with the
individual and with a group. Preparing a Music Mirror can be done at any stage
in life, or it may grow with time. Preparing one earlier in life can really
benefit someone who goes on to develop memory loss.To a person with memory loss or dementia it is really important
that they feel secure in the present moment.
Biographical cues can help people living with dementia to
remember, and also encourage them in day to day activities.
So often a person with dementia may not actually understand what is required to complete
routine daily tasks. A Music Mirror might help with this as will be shown in
filmed case studies.
Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK.
850,000 people are estimated to suffer from dementia in the
UK, this is steadily increasing, numbers are expected to double every 20 years
and it is thought the figures could rise to over a million by 2050. There is an
urgent need to find ways of helping people living with dementia.
Music Mirrors: use and research
In the UK, Music Mirrors are currently used in domiciliary
care, residential homes, acute hospital settings, by allied health
professionals and as support and advance care planning after a dementia
diagnosis. NorseCare, Norfolk’s largest care-home group uses Music Mirrors,
sometimes in conjunction with Amazon Alexa devices to bring comfort and
interest to their residents. Befriending organisations, sheltered housing
complexes, Women's Institute, libraries and arts organisations have requested
training for community workers and volunteers. Awareness is growing of the
potential as legacy work with younger patients in palliative care.
In September 2017 the Centre for Gerontology and Dynamics of
Healthy Aging of the University of Zurich began a four-year intervention study
devoted to making and using Music Mirrors within Swiss dementia care.
In April 2018 Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS
Trust undertook an audit of how Music Mirrors could be used on an acute ward.
If you would like to
learn how Music Mirrors works, get in touch. Reply by January 30th with a brief
description of how Music Mirrors might help your organisation. Spread the word
and let people know about this wonderful work. What a great activity! Uk
Healthcare Furniture will help bring Music Mirrors to one lucky group.
Music Mirrors can be taught to a group including both carers
and cared-for, saving on time and money. It is a great opportunity to train
staff and support patients. The technique is taught free of charge and can then
be shared and cascaded to others.
‘For family members, making a Music Mirror together is a way
to support and sustain the relationship with a loved one’ (Heather Edwards).
Here is your chance to join the growing number of
organisations using Music Mirrors!!!!
UK Healthcare Chairs are offering to pay all or part of the
fare as relevant (* t&c’s apply) for one lucky group, to enable the founder
Heather Edwards to come to your institution. *Email:
T&C’S provided it falls within their set budget, the
winner will be the first name picked and will be announced on January
30th. We ask for a backlink to our
website and a review of the visit with a picture or two. UK Healthcare Chairs
bears no responsibility for any issues that might arise from this offer.
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